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Getting to the Broads

The most obvious place to head for is Wroxham & Hoveton, just fifteen minutes out of Norwich, which has the best further transport options, including a whole host of boatyards, and lots of other facilities; it’s also a short bus or cycle ride from Horning and Ludham. Acle and Brundall are also good spots, or you could start your exploration of the Broads further south, in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad, or in nearby Beccles, reachable from Ipswich or Lowestoft, and gradually head north.

Getting around the Broads

By boat: Really this is the only way to see The Broads, if only because it is genuinely the only way to get to some of the best places.  Plus The Broads is the perfect place for a spot of novice boating: you don’t need any experience, at least for a motor cruiser or canoe, and although the major centres are crowded in peak season, with a bit of planning and a sense of adventure it’s not usually hard to escape the crowds. There are boatyards all over, but the main centres are Wroxham, Horning, Ludham and Potter Heigham in the northern Broads, and Brundall, Reedham, Beccles and Lowestoft in the southern Broads.

By bus: It’s possible, if not particularly recommended, to get around by bus once you’re here, but other than major services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and from Norwich to Wroxham and up to North Walsham, frequencies are not as good as they should be. Indeed with the rivers providing the most direct routes anyway, buses are only really recommended for onward connections to the major centres, rather than as a way of touring the region.

By bike: The Broads is a great pace to see by bike: it’s flat, distances are manageable, and it’s also something that’s easily combined with a spot of boating. And although there could – and should – be more designated off-road cycle paths, the roads are far often quiet enough for it not to matter too much. Among many bike hire outlets, Cippesby Hall, Broadland Bikehire at Bewilderwood, and the CanoeMan in Wroxham are well placed for heart of the northern Broads; there’s also Sea Palling Bike Hire over on the coast at Waxham Barn; and in the southern Broads you can hire bikes at the Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter.